Motril Information

Lying at the foot of the Sierra Lujar, Motril is at the heart of the Costa Tropical. This is one of the most productive agricultural areas of Spain.


Motril is the largest town on the Costa Tropical with 50,000 inhabitants and is situated just off the main coast road between Almeria and Malaga. At only a forty-minute drive from Granada, Motril is an ideal point from which to explore the countryside, sea and town of Granada.

Mainly a commercial city, Motril is the Costa's main shopping centre with a hypermarket on the outskirts of the town and many supermarkets, bars, restaurants and nightclubs in and around the town centre. The marina provides a wealth of water sports and boat excursions including trips to Morocco.

Motril has a long history, which is illustrated by the number of monuments and churches in the town. Among them is the Museum of Sugar that is devoted to the history of sugar cane which was the main industry of the city for centuries.

The old quarter is a typical example of Spanish Arab architecture:

  • Town Hall – Built in 1631 in baroque style. There is a mudéjar coffered ceiling in the main entrance hall and the assembly hall.
  • Casa de las Palmas – 16C sugar mill
  • Sanctuary of Nuestra Señora de la Cabeza stands on a hill overlooking the Park of the people of the Americas . This baroque shrine was built on the former Moorish palace of Aixa.

The town's coastal strip includes two main beaches - the busiest being Playa Poniente, which is well served with tourist facilities, and the quieter Playa Granada.

There are also many sheltered coves, rocky inlets and impressive cliff faces along this stretch of coastline making it popular with divers, snorkellers and sailors.

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